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Best Conditions for growth of Roses
Best growth of Roses1) Roses will grow in a wide variety of soils and situations and are hardy enough to survive. But ideally they prefer an open sunny situation, combined with a fairly rich, loamy, slightly acid soil. Clay, if well broken up is excellent. Drainage must be free, though roses need ample watering either by rain or by sprinkler.

2) Soils can become rose sick, so avoid planting roses in beds where other roses have been growing for more than ten years or more. If this is unavoidable, you can import fresh soil.

3) The soil should be prepared before planting by tilling it to a depth of two feet. While doing so, you should mix in manure or compost. Also, the ph or the acidity of the soil needs to fall between 6.4 and 6.8. Adding limestone will raise the alkaline level, and adding leaf compost or sulphur will raise the amount of acidity. Keeping these levels in check will ensure your roses are getting the proper nutrients. The book goes on to say that the base of the stem should be about one to two inches below the ground, and the hole should be dug accordingly. The hole should also be large enough to accommodate the roots without crowding or restricting them. In the center of the hole the soil needs to be mounded up and the plant placed over the mound. The soil can then be packed firmly around the rose.

4) If your roses are newly planted it is best to fertilize after the first cycle of blooms. Otherwise, while your roses are actively blooming, they should be fertilized every three weeks. It is also mentioned that chicken manure is great for roses when worked into the soil once every third winter and before new growth sprouts in the spring. Besides providing beneficial nutrients to the soil, the manure will help protect your roses when there is a hard frost and in locations where winters are cold.

With care, a rose bush can make or break your yard. When a rose bush is in its glory, it shines like the sun. Roses do require time and maintenance. This maintenance includes pruning, feeding and spraying for pests. All of these can be done naturally.

Pruning of RosesPruning will promote beautiful, healthy rose bushes. The pruning needs to take place near the end of its dormant season (late January - early February in the United States). You need to prune conservatively, never pruning to the ground. A rose bush pruned back too far will regress back to its wild state. It will lose its color and shape. When roses have finished blooming, clip dead blossoms. This will promote new growth, which in turn promotes a new rose bud to form.

After you have completed the yearly pruning (Jan.-Feb.), feed your rose bush chopped banana peels. Dig a small trench around the bush, put the peels in and then bury the trench. This will make a natural potassium rich soil that will prove its benefits in the blooming season.

When the rose buds are forming, often times you will notice little green bugs covering the bud. These bugs are called aphids and they are detrimental to roses. A spray bottle filled with a combination of water and a small amount of dish soap proves to be deadly to these little insects. The soap sticks to their wings which makes them unable to fly. A few days later, you will notice they have died. The rain or sprinkler will wash them off in time. With each year, your pampered rose bush will grow and flourish. With proper maintenance, your roses will be the talk of the neighborhood.
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